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Cyberwarfare and the Use of Force Giving Rise to the Right of Self-Defense

"Cyberwarfare represents a novel weapon that has the potential to alter the way state and non-state actors conduct modern war. The unique nature of the threat and the ability for cyberwar practitioners to inflict injury, death, and physical destruction via cyberspace strains traditional definitions of the use of force. In order to clearly delineate the rights of the parties involved, including the right to self-defense, the international community must come to some consensus on the meaning of cyber-warfare within the existing jus ad bellum paradigm. After examining the shortcomings inherent in classifying cyber-attacks according to classical notions of kinetic warfare, this Comment argues that international law should afford protection for states who initiate a good-faith response to a cyber-attack, especially when the attack targets critical national infrastructure. " (Direct Quote)
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